1956 Cleveland Indians season

1956 Cleveland Indians
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Myron H. Wilson, William R. Daley
General manager(s)Hank Greenberg
Manager(s)Al López
Local televisionWEWS-TV
Local radioWERE (1300)
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Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 97 57 .630 --
Cleveland Indians 88 66 .571 9
Chicago White Sox 85 69 .552 12
Boston Red Sox 84 70 .545 13
Detroit Tigers 82 72 .532 15
Baltimore Orioles 69 85 .448 28
Washington Senators 59 95 .383 38
Kansas City Athletics 52 102 .338 45

Record vs. opponents

1956 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC NYY WSH
Baltimore 6–16 9–13 5–17 13–9 15–7 9–13 12–10
Boston 16–6 14–8 13–9–1 12–10 12–10 8–14 9–13
Chicago 13–9 8–14 15–7 13–9 14–8 9–13 13–9
Cleveland 17–5 9–13–1 7–15 11–11 17–5 10–12 17–5
Detroit 9–13 10–12 9–13 11–11 16–6 12–10 15–7–1
Kansas City 7–15 10–12 8–14 5–17 6–16 4–18 12–10
New York 13–9 14–8 13–9 12–10 10–12 18–4 17–5
Washington 10–12 13–9 9–13 5–17 7–15–1 10–12 5–17

Roster

1956 Cleveland Indians
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game log

1956 Game Log

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. 2B 3B HR RBI SB
C Jim Hegan 122 315 42 70 .222 15 2 6 34 1
1B Vic Wertz 136 481 65 127 .264 22 0 32 106 0
2B Bobby Ávila 138 513 74 115 .224 14 2 10 54 17
3B Al Rosen 121 416 64 111 .267 18 2 15 61 1
SS Chico Carrasquel 141 474 60 115 .243 15 1 7 48 0
LF Gene Woodling 100 317 56 83 .262 17 0 8 38 2
CF Jim Busby 135 494 72 116 .235 17 3 12 50 8
RF Rocky Colavito 101 322 55 89 .276 11 4 21 65 0

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H Avg. 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Al Smith 141 526 87 144 .274 26 5 16 71 6
George Strickland 85 171 22 36 .211 1 2 3 17 0
Preston Ward 87 150 18 38 .253 10 0 6 21 0
Hal Naragon 53 122 11 35 .287 3 1 3 18 0
Sam Mele 57 114 17 29 .254 7 0 4 20 0
Earl Averill 42 93 12 22 .237 6 0 3 14 0
Dave Pope 25 70 6 17 .243 3 1 0 3 0
Rudy Regalado 16 47 4 11 .234 1 0 0 2 0
Joe Caffie 12 38 7 13 .342 0 0 0 1 3
Dale Mitchell 38 30 2 4 .133 0 0 0 6 0
Kenny Kuhn 27 22 7 6 .273 1 0 0 2 0
Stu Locklin 9 6 0 1 .167 0 0 0 0 0
Hoot Evers 3 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Hank Foiles 1 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Bobby Young 1 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player G GS IP W L ERA BB SO
Early Wynn 38 35 277.2 20 9 2.72 91 158
Bob Lemon 39 35 255.1 20 14 3.03 89 94
Herb Score 35 33 249.1 20 9 2.53 129 263
Mike Garcia 35 30 197.2 11 12 3.78 74 119

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player G GS IP W L SV ERA BB SO
Hank Aguirre 16 9 65.1 3 5 1 3.72 27 31
Bob Feller 19 4 58 0 4 1 4.97 23 18

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L SV ERA BB SO
Don Mossi 48 87.2 6 5 11 3.59 33 59
Cal McLish 37 61.2 2 4 1 4.96 32 27
Ray Narleski 32 59.1 3 2 4 1.52 19 42
Art Houtteman 22 46.2 2 2 1 6.56 31 19
Bud Daley 14 20.1 1 0 0 6.20 14 13
Sal Maglie 2 5 0 0 0 3.60 2 2

Award winners

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Indianapolis Indians American Association Kerby Farrell
AA Mobile Bears Southern Association Jo-Jo White
A Reading Indians Eastern League Don Heffner
B Fayetteville Highlanders Carolina League L. D. Meyer
B Keokuk Kernels Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League Pinky May
C Fargo-Moorhead Twins Northern League Tom Oliver
D Daytona Beach Islanders Florida State League Hank Majeski
D Vidalia Indians Georgia State League Mark Wylie
D North Platte Indians Nebraska State League Spencer Harris

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Indianapolis, Fayetteville[3]

In 1956, the Indianapolis Indians were 92–62. On May 18, they defeated the Louisville Colonels by a score of 24–0. Roger Maris had seven runs batted in for the game.[4] The Indians went on to win the 1956 Junior World Series by defeating the Rochester Red Wings. In Game 2 of the Junior World Series, Maris would set a record by getting seven runs batted in.[5]

Notes

  1. ^ Ralph Kiner at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Chico Carrasquel at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
  4. ^ Roger Maris: Baseball's Reluctant Hero, p. 77, Tom Clavin and Danny Peary, Touchstone Books, Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-1-4165-8928-0
  5. ^ Roger Maris: Baseball's Reluctant Hero, p. 80

References

Art Houtteman

Arthur Joseph Houtteman (August 7, 1927 – May 6, 2003) was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for 12 seasons in the American League with the Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles. In 325 career games, Houtteman pitched 1,555 innings and posted a win-loss record of 87–91, with 78 complete games, 14 shutouts, and a 4.14 earned run average (ERA).

Known on the sandlot for his pitching motion, Houtteman was signed by scout Wish Egan in 1945 at 17 years of age. He was recruited by major league teams, and joined a Tigers pitching staff that had lost players to injuries and World War II. After moving between the major and minor leagues over the next few years, he was nearly killed in an automobile accident just before the 1949 season. Houtteman rebounded from his injuries and went on to win 15 games that season and made his only All-Star appearance in the following year.

He played three more seasons with the Tigers, then was sold to Cleveland, where he pitched for the pennant-winning Indians during their 1954 season. After losing his starting job, he played two more seasons with the Indians before he was bought by the Orioles, and he finished his final season in Major League Baseball with them. Houtteman ended his baseball career in the minor leagues and became a sales executive in Detroit. In 2003, Houtteman died at the age of 75.

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